Drivers who travel on the Vale do Caí and Serra Gaúcha highways are already feeling the benefits that the new concession for Block 3 roads in Rio Grande do Sul is providing. Since February last year, the 271.5 km managed by CSG have already received around R$270 million in investments for operation, conservation, maintenance and infrastructure improvements in ERS-122, ERS-446, ERS-240, RSC-453 , BR-470 and RSC-287.
The first 12 months of the concession were concentrated on carrying out initial paving, signage and renovation work on the six road networks, which cross 18 municipalities, as well as emergency intervention during the rains that devastated the State.
Provided for in the Highway Exploration Program (PER) of Rio Grande do Sul, the maintenance and conservation actions changed the way of traveling in these locations, offering comfort, fluidity and safety in traffic, as explained by Ricardo Peres, CEO of CSG.
The improvements in road conditions appear as a positive highlight of the first year of the concession also in the assessment of the Secretary of Partnerships and Concessions of the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul, Pedro Capeluppi.
Among the works carried out by CSG in the first year are the application of around 105 thousand tons of rubber and polymer-modified asphalt, which are considered to be the most resistant and durable. Milling and asphalt recovery were carried out along the 271.5 km of concession on ERS-122, BR-470, RSC-453, ERS-446, RSC-287 and ERS-240, in addition to emergency pothole filling operations on the six highways .
The restorations included 168 km of the ERS-122 (from Ipê to Portão), 11 km of the BRS-470 (between Bento Gonçalves, Garibaldi and Carlos Barbosa), 20 km of the RSC-453 (between Garibaldi and Farroupilha), 14 km of the ERS-446 (between Carlos Barbosa and São Vendelino), 21 km from RSC-287 (between Triunfo and Montenegro) and 33 km from ERS-240 (between São Leopoldo, Portão, Capela de Santana and Montenegro).
Both in Vale do Caí and in Serra, residents, drivers, companies and tourists felt the effects of the heavy rains that affected the State, in September and November 2023 and in January 2024. Monitored 24 hours a day, the affected highways were promptly attended to by the CSG teams.
Engineers and professionals from the construction and engineering sectors worked directly to clear the roads, enabling the safe re-establishment of traffic in record time. Furthermore, residents of São Sebastião do Caí counted on the voluntary work of CSG’s User Service (SAU) team, who helped clean streets and houses affected by the flood.